Increased emphasis on shoreline compliance aims at protecting public benefits
TVA is placing increased emphasis on performing compliance-related activities on TVA-managed land and shoreline along Tennessee Valley reservoirs to ensure that any use of TVA-managed property has a proper permit and that the land is being used for the benefit of the general public.
Examples of compliance violations include private boat docks built without a TVA permit or not in compliance with TVA requirements. Encroachments include buildings or roads constructed on TVA-managed property without permission that could interfere with recreation activities or flood damage reduction.
TVA staff identifies instances of non-compliance through campground, land use, and contract compliance checks and also by completing annual shoreline inspections. TVA staff typically complete shoreline inspections during the spring and summer months by patrolling the reservoirs by boat to identify any violations of TVA permits and encroachments on TVA property.
When violations and encroachments are identified, TVA staff work with affected stakeholders to resolve issues. Voluntary compliance is always the preferred method of resolution.
The increased emphasis on compliance is aimed at protecting the many public benefits provided by TVA-managed reservoir land. Private use of TVA-managed property can affect public access, and permit violations can interfere with management of the river system for a broad range of benefits, including navigation, flood damage reduction, and power supply.
TVA manages 11,000 miles of shoreline and supports many recreation activities on the property, including hunting, fishing, camping and bird-watching.
TVA’s shoreline construction permit Web site has information about the permitting process and TVA requirements. You can also contact your local TVA Watershed Team or call TVA’s Environmental Information Center at 1-800-882-5263 for assistance.